Wednesday, November 25, 2015

L U C I M A | Podcast | Organic Mutation














This podcast is the followup to Precision. It's about "organic mutation" aka "happy mistakes".
Where the last podcast was all about precision and not making mistakes, this podcast is about when mistakes are a blessing in disguise. Charles gives three examples when he made such mistakes and how the photography community responded to those images and where the value lies in making mistakes.
References in this podcast:
Cutting off the eyes for the first time:
http://lucima.tumblr.com/image/8827460835
DigitalRev TV Cheap Camera Challenge
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jDAnNjRJxOQ
Learn more about Charles and his latest projects here:
Website: http://www.lucima.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/charleslucima
Facebook: http://facebook.com/charleslucima
tumblr: http://lucima.tumblr.com
Podcast: http://lucima.podomatic.com

Monday, November 23, 2015

L U C I M A | Podcast | Precision




Charles makes a mistake and gets really upset about the situation. Thus a podcast was born.
This podcast talks about mistakes. Systematic versus random errors. How little mistakes can reflect poorly on you. How little mistakes can cost you time, money, or even your life.
This podcast is chockfull of examples about how being precise can truly benefit you as a photographer. Precision should be a guiding philosophy in your journey as a photographer.
What does this mean for photographers?
Systematic errors have serious implications for photographers affecting (but not limited to) the following issues:
- Dodging and burning
- Getting better models
- Developing a consistent style
- Scoping out locations site-unseen
- Multi-tasking (camera settings, manual focus, prisms, lighting, model direction, etc.)
Are all mistakes bad? No. This podcast will be the impetus for the next podcast about when mistakes can be good. That podcast will be called "organic mutation".
Learn more about Charles and his latest projects here:
Website: http://www.lucima.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/charleslucima
Facebook: http://facebook.com/charleslucima
tumblr: http://lucima.tumblr.com
Podcast: http://lucima.podomatic.com

Sunday, November 22, 2015

L U C I M A | Podcast| Missed Opportunity




A private workshop photographer tells Charles about a request to speak about fashion photography at a local college. Except he isn't a working professional fashion photographer. And to make matters worse, his "arch rival" is speaking as well.
So he declines the invitation.
This podcast is about what Charles would have asked this photographer do in this situation. This is a learning lesson about opportunity, perspective, defining success, and not missing an opportunity to differentiate yourself from the competition.
For the first time Charles goes against photographers going pro.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

L U C I M A | Podcast | The Glider Incident (Part II)





Charles attempts to fly his his RC glider in a storm (35MPH winds) and crashes. He spends 30 minutes looking for it and upon finding it he attempts another flight and crashes again.
Now why the hell didn't he just go home?
This podcast is about gambling, expectations, pain, success/failure, how regrets are created and why Charles can't leave good enough alone.
This is a two-part podcast. The first part is about the actual crash. The second part is about the implications and life lessons from the crash and other stories.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

L U C I M A | Podcast | The Glider Incident (Part I)































Charles attempts to fly his his RC glider in a storm (35MPH winds) and crashes. He spends 30 minutes looking for it and upon finding it he attempts another flight and crashes again.
Now why the hell didn't he just go home?
This podcast is about gambling, expectations, pain, success/failure, how regrets are created and why Charles can't leave good enough alone.
This is a two-part podcast. The first part is about the actual crash. The second part is about the implications and life lessons from the crash and other stories.

Monday, November 16, 2015

L U C I M A | Podcast | Free Spec Work




Keith sent Charles the petapixel video (link below) for how people in other industries responded when asked to do free spec work. The conclusion is that photographers should all just say no to free spec work.
Or is it?
Charles and Keith discuss the merits of asking for and providing free spec work.

Sunday, November 15, 2015

L U C I M A | Podcast | Location Lighting and Running Out of Batteries






Following the last podcast Charles tells Keith about his process when entering a shoot site unseen. The podcast talks about process and set sequence as afforded by the location and natural light. The discussion turns towards the end of the shoot when Charles discovers he has a dead spare battery and how he manages that situation along with previous camera situations.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

L U C I M A | Podcast | Just Say No




What do you say when a model asks you for proofs of the entire shoot? Here's a real story of a real conversation of how Charles stood up for fashion photographers all around the world and told model no.

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

L U C I M A | Podcast | Tough Questions for Charles Lucima




Following a conversation regarding podcast guests and their ability to open up when asked truly tough questions, Keith and Charles decide to try asking Charles some tough questions. The following podcast is the actual experiment and the answers to two (popular) historical questions that Charles has avoided answering answering and a genuine look at being able to open up and talk about touchy subjects.

Learn more about Charles and his latest projects here:
Website: http://www.lucima.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/charleslucima
Facebook: http://facebook.com/charleslucima
tumblr: http://lucima.tumblr.com
Podcast: http://lucima.podomatic.com

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Sunday, November 8, 2015

L U C I M A | Podcast | Better Podcast Guests and Salesmanship




Keith is out of the office so Charles goes solo and gives a candid look at how to be a better podcast guest. While it may seem irrelevant if you don't plan on becoming a podcast guest, the techniques discussed really boil down to salesmanship and presentation. Therefore the ideas in this podcast really apply to all photographers because by learning how to be a better podcast guest you can improve your ability to sell yourself. And as photographers we are always trying to sell ourselves.
Perhaps the commonality between podcasting, sales, and photography is simply being a good conversationalist. And good conversation really transcends the aforementioned niches and is universally appreciated. Enjoy!

Learn more about Charles and his latest projects here:
Website: http://www.lucima.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/charleslucima
Facebook: http://facebook.com/charleslucima
tumblr: http://lucima.tumblr.com
Podcast: http://lucima.podomatic.com
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Friday, November 6, 2015

L U C I M A | Podcast | If Your Life Were a Movie: Special Guest Mark Reay




This is episode 5 of the LUCIMA Podcast series, "If Your Life Were a Movie".
Everyone has a story to tell. Human stories about change, transformation and often redemption. Through real life story arcs, our special guests explain how they became who they are today. Join us for an inside look into some amazing stories.
As it turns out Mark's life *is* a movie. The Hollywood Reporter writes:
"Call it high-functioning homelessness: Mark Reay, a onetime male model who looks like a silver-fox socialite, takes photos of New York fashionistas during the day and sneaks up to a rooftop each night, huddling in a hidden sleeping bag until morning. Showing how he manages to keep his homelessness secret, director Thomas Wirthensohn (a model himself, who met Reay in the '90s and makes his debut here) offers a fascinating look at life in a city where getting by can be a lot more complicated than it seems. His investigation of Reay's psyche is less deep than one might hope for, but the observational material alone is enough to merit attention on the doc circuit — and probably to scare New Yorkers who live with the knowledge that good gigs can vanish in an instant."
In this podcast Charles speaks with Mark via Skype as Mark still lives in New York City. The conversation reveals backstories and details about the making of the documentary and Mark answers some tough questions that arose from Charles and Keith's pre-interview discussion. Questions like, "Why don't you have long-term relationships? Why don't you just live with your mother? How many cigarettes do you smoke a day?"
If you want an inside look at the inside look of Mark Reay, this is your podcast.
If you haven't seen the film, watch Homme Less available on iTunes November 9th! https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/homme-less/id1046669928
References in the podcast:
Mark's pictures: http://backstagesideshow.com
Ellen Von Unwerth : http://www.ellenvonunwerth.com/
International Center of Photography: http://www.icp.org/
Dazed and Confused: http://www.dazeddigital.com/
The View interview: http://www.hulu.com/watch/829243
Lara Stone: http://models.com/models/Lara-Stone
Mark Reay backstage: http://www.markreay.net/id6.html
Director Thomas Wirthensohn: http://www.thomaswirthensohn.com/#intro

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

LUCIMA | Podcast | Mark Reay Pre-Interview Discussion




Per the Hollywood Reporter: Mark Reay, a onetime male model who looks like a silver-fox socialite, takes photos of New York fashionistas during the day and sneaks up to a rooftop each night, huddling in a hidden sleeping bag until morning. Showing how he manages to keep his homelessness secret, director Thomas Wirthensohn (a model himself, who met Reay in the '90s and makes his debut here) offers a fascinating look at life in a city where getting by can be a lot more complicated than it seems. His investigation of Reay's psyche is less deep than one might hope for, but the observational material alone is enough to merit attention on the doc circuit — and probably to scare New Yorkers who live with the knowledge that good gigs can vanish in an instant.
Usually we do this after the interview but after watching the documentary Homme Less, Keith and I had so many thoughts that we decided to discuss Mark before actually talking to Mark. This led to some opposing perspectives (as usual) and raised lots of questions that I eventually asked Mark.
Watch Homme Less on iTunes on November 9th!
https://itunes.apple.com/us/movie/homme-less/id1046669928

Monday, November 2, 2015

L U C I M A | Podcast | If Your Life Were a Movie: Special Guest Ronnie Toth














This is episode 4 of the LUCIMA Podcast series, "If Your Life Were a Movie".
Everyone has a story to tell. Human stories about change, transformation and often redemption. Through real life story arcs, our special guests explain how they became who they are today. Join us for an inside look into some amazing stories.
Here's what Charles had to say about Ronnie prior to this interview:
I've been wanting to get Ronnie on podcast ever since we started doing the "If Your Life Were a Movie" series. Seeing how he recovered from the crash is nothing short of a miracle. I mean, if you were to tell his story people would accuse you of making stuff up. As an endurance athlete since he was young, Ronnie had been training to be a Navy SEAL since he was 12 years old. After college he takes a stance against the war on terror and does not enlist for the Navy. By abruptly departing from his lifelong goal he falls into depression and becomes suicidal. At the suggestion of friends and family Ronnie starts cycling again and quickly becomes professional. Sprinting to the finish line at one of the biggest bicycle races of the year he crashes face first into a metal barrier at 42MPH. He breaks his arm in three places, shatters his face (almost loses an eye) and almost dies. In 25 days he is back on the bike (21 of those days spent in the hospital). I remember seeing him at the Rose Bowl a couple months after the crash. He had lost 35 pounds and looked like a shadow of the man he was before. To make matters worse Ronnie endured a divorce during the recovery of his crash.
And yet he still stands. Proud, optimistic and stronger than ever. He's been racing and even winning again barely a year after his crash.
And more impressive than his recovery is his ability to inspire others. Whether on Facebook, Instagram, or on Strava, Ronnie always looks for the opportunity to motivate and inspire his audience with personal stories and uplifting quotes. But where does he get his optimism? Where does he find inspiration why does he choose to inspire others? Why is he driven to succeed when others would so readily accept defeat? These are the questions I wanted to ask him.
There are few heroes in the world, but Ronnie Toth is one of mine. I hope you enjoy this podcast.
Learn more about Charles and his latest projects here: 
Website http://www.lucima.com
Instagram: https://instagram.com/charleslucima
Facebook: http://facebook.com/charleslucima
tumblr: http://lucima.tumblr.com
Podcast: http://lucima.podomatic.com